With that in mind, we've nailed down five easy (and utterly maintainable!) tweaks to our workweek that'll seriously boost wellness without emptying our bank account — or requiring that we swear off solid foods.
Tory Burch for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collaboration Lunch Box and Thermos, $49.99, available at Bonanza.
For the most affordable standing desk, ever, try Standesk 2200. Colin Nederkoorn used IKEA parts costing a total of $22 to build this ergonomically correct standing desk. Just follow this recipe to turn your existing desk into a standing-optional workspace.
If you’re not quite ready to commit to standing, but want to make a change, replace your standard office chair with a balance ball. The round shape encourages core stability and, as a bonus — bouncing.
Safco Muv Stand-Up Adjustable Height Workstation (pictured), $318.60, available at Amazon; Gaiam Balance Ball Chair, $64, available at Amazon.
An ergonomic keyboard is designed to suit the body’s alignment, reducing shoulder, hand, and wrist stress. (And, it keeps you from needing those weird computer gloves. They are the equivalent of headgear for your hands.)
Perhaps the only thing most of us do more than type on a computer is stare at one. Staring at a fixed screen, reading tiny words for hours causes serious strain to our peepers and can lead to long-term problems. One way to vastly improve your setup is to get a jumbo monitor. Anything over 24” will be an improvement over most laptops and bigger is just icing on the cake. Swap your baby screen for one of these mama bears.
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard, $68.50, available at Amazon; Apple LED Cinema Display 24-Inch MB382LL/A, $525 (used), available at Amazon.
R29's latest grab-and-go obsession is ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream. With bars at 70 to 80 calories and eight grams of protein a pop, it’s basically a frozen protein bar — except delicious. The brand, first brought to our attention by this writer's boyfriend (ENLIGHTENED C.O.O. Neal Ludevig) is bringing ice cream sandwiches in vanilla and mint to stores early this year. They ring in at 100 calories per serving, and make us believe in miracles.
For a DIY treat, mix one cup Greek yogurt with 1/3 cup Nutella and dip your favorite fruit in it. (We love it with apples and strawberries. Got time to chill? Refrigerate the mixture for an hour for a richer, thicker consistency.
ENLIGHTENED ice cream, $4.99, available at grocery stores across the country. Find your nearest ENLIGHTENED retailer here; Ferrero Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, $6.42, available at Target; Fage Low-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt, prices vary by location. Find your nearest Fage retailer here.
Ace Hardware Wood Picnic Table McQ 6, $154.99, available at HardwareToGo. Apple iPad Air, $499 and up, available at Apple.